Molson Coors (UK & Ireland) today announces the retirement of Steve Wellington, Master Brewer at the William Worthington’s Brewery, later this summer.


Steve started working for Bass in 1965; a year after the Worthington’s brewery was demolished, and brewed both Bass and Worthington’s beers.  After a period of running a firm instructing people how to brew at home, Wellington returned to Bass in 1994 to run the White Shield microbrewery as part of the Brewing Museum in Burton. From there, he began brewing some of the beers Burton had lost: Worthington’s E, Imperial Stout, Barley Wine, and the legendary Worthington’s White Shield, the most decorated beer in CAMRA history.


In December 2010, Steve was treated to an enviable ‘Christmas present’ from Molson Coors UK & Ireland CEO, Mark Hunter, in the form of the new £1m William Worthington’s Brewery, constructed in listed buildings at the National Brewery Centre. The opening of the microbrewery has already impacted on the production levels of William Worthington’s brands; producing 478 barrels of in the first quarter of this year.


Steve Wellington said of his time brewing the celebrated William Worthington’s brands:


“I’ve been brewing all my life and enjoyed every minute of it. I have worked with some of the most inspiring people in the industry and am honoured to have worked in some equally inspiring brewing environments, most recently at the new microbrewery in Burton. The industry is undoubtedly facing testing times, but while we continue to produce iconic beers such as Worthington’s White Shield, young aspiring brewers are guaranteed a fulfilling, rewarding career.”


Wellington was named ‘Brewer of the Year’ by the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group in 2007 and Guild of British Beer Writers' Brewer of the Year in 2004.


Mark Hunter, CEO Molson Coors (UK & Ireland) said Steve is the embodiment of a ‘Beer Champion’...passionate about the art of brewing, the diversity of beer styles and the sociability that is such a part of one of life’s simple pleasures. His track record and beer evangelism is legendary and he will be missed but will always be welcome as part of our family’


Molson Coors is looking to recruit a new brewer to continue the William Worthington’s legacy. Anyone interested should visit the Molson Coors UK career site at:


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About Molson Coors Brewing Company (UK) Limited

Molson Coors (UK) has over 2,000 employees in the UK and breweries in Burton on Trent, Alton and Tadcaster. It is the UK arm of Molson Coors, the Global Family Brewer and has a market share of over 20% of the UK beer market. Our brand portfolio includes Carling, the UK's best selling lager for three decades, Coors Light, Grolsch, Worthington's, Caffrey's, Sol, Cobra and a range of speciality beers.

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